Dear 17-year-old self.

Dear 17-year-old self.

Dear 17-year-old self, Believe me, I get it. The pressure is real. Anyone and everyone wants to know what your next move in life will be. What are your plans? Even the local newspaper is asking, ‘What are you going to do with your entire, precious, one-shot-at-this life?’ That’s the million dollar question. I clearly … Continue reading

The music never ends.

The music never ends.

Life is short. We say it often. The days, weeks and months fly by at breakneck speed. When we’re caught up chasing dreams and reaching for the next goal, and then another, and then another, pretty soon we’re looking back wondering where the years went. Life is short. How quickly we forget. The moments are here, and then … Continue reading

Savoring the gifts of life and love.

Savoring the gifts of life and love.

Recently at work, I had the pleasure of hearing a dietitian explain how to truly savor chocolate. It sounds kind of silly at first, right? Like, find it cleverly hidden in the pantry, pop it in your mouth, and hide the evidence before your four-year-old hears the wrapper crinkle. (Just me?) But in order to … Continue reading

The little things make all the difference.

The little things make all the difference.

So often in life we want a restart. A new direction. A new home. A complete overhaul. Brand new beginnings look deliciously shiny some days. Lately (and by lately I mean over a year), we’ve been looking at homes. We’re two quiet country kids at heart, and we dream of owning a few secluded acres overlooking the … Continue reading

On being soft and tough, humble and confident.

On being soft and tough, humble and confident.

Today, I did the unthinkable in corporate America. I cried… at work. [Insert facepalm.] It was a simple phone call that left me feeling attacked. I did just fine on the line, sucked up the strike, humbly apologized, gulped back my sensitivities, quietly ended the call. Annnd… cue the emotional waterfall. Guys, I’m not a regular closed-door crier. … Continue reading

What I’ve been doing instead of blogging.

What I’ve been doing instead of blogging.

Hello. I’m still here. Even though I’m off work for a few more weeks, my days have been full. Between baby snuggles and chasing a three-year-old, dishes and laundry are my top hobbies right now. Just kidding (kind of). In June, we welcomed sweet Scarlett Eisley into our family, making Annistyn a big sister and … Continue reading

Things I do daily to bring joy to my days.

Things I do daily to bring joy to my days.

Here we are just over two weeks away from baby girl Laxdal’s expected arrival. I’m thinking back to how having a child the first time shook up our entire world, making life a little more hectic and a lot more fun. The first few months are a whirlwind of joy and exhaustion, and I remember … Continue reading

Wisdom about hearts and love.

Wisdom about hearts and love.

Tonight I was reading about heart disease. One perk of working in health care marketing is the reading material is often good stuff to know for life. I skimmed through prevention tips. Eat well. Get enough sleep. Move your body. Know your numbers. All the basics. Then, I saw this line. I paused and re-read. Stressful? … Continue reading

OneWord365: Grow

OneWord365: Grow

2013 was all about play. 2014 was new. I picked up some new healthy habits (like running). I made more time for self-renewal, through regular exercise and reading. I started going to bed earlier, making mornings easier. We made some wonderful new friends and created new memories with our spunky two (now three) year old. And, … Continue reading